Frustrated with the performance of his bowlers after India’s loss in the second ODI against Australia, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday said given the attack at his disposal currently, even 300-plus scores are not enough against Australia in the ongoing ODI series.
Australia comfortably chased down a 300-plus target for a second successive time, at the Gabba, to take a 2-0 lead in the series as India’s bowlers struggled to get their act right.
“It seems like we have to score more runs to put pressure on the batsman. Back to back 300 is always good, but looking at our bowlers, we need to score 330 or more,” Dhoni said after Australia’s seven-wicket victory.
Rohit Sharma stood out for a second consecutive game with a 127-ball 124, which was the cornerstone of India’s 308/8.
Chasing 309 for a win, Australian openers Aaron Finch (71) and Shaun Marsh (71) laid the foundation before George Bailey (76 not out) and Steve Smith (46) snatched the game from India with an over to spare.
India were guilty of bowling 12 wides.
“Most of the wides weren’t because of swing. Even after the ball has got old we were bowling wides. When we were supposed to build pressure, we bowled wides. The spinners bowled reasonably well,” said Dhoni.
Asked how he would motivate the team after two successive losses, Dhoni said, “The morale is up, we’ll just have to play a few more shots. We can be on the receiving end if we lose too many wickets. We have to go out there and enjoy it and not think about the pressure. But looking at everything we have to score 330-plus to make a game out of it.”